Giving Thanks for Our Nurses

By Karla Ramberger, MSN, RN
Chief Nursing Officer, Methodist Dallas Medical Center

America has a wonderful, unique tradition of setting aside one day each year to give thanks for our many blessings. While many feel that this spirit of thankfulness should be observed daily, I’m proud to say that thanking and appreciating

each other is our culture at Methodist Dallas Medical Center.

We are especially thankful for our nurses and for their personal commitment to caring and dedication to our patients. I’m thankful that our nurses choose to be a part of our family, and that each one is dedicated to excellence in care. They could work anywhere, but they’ve chosen to align with our values and care for our patients. I’m thankful for their heartfelt compassion and connection with our patients, something that can’t be taught, but something we definitely look for when we’re hiring caregivers.

Vision is critical, and our hospital has the goal to be the best. Our leadership team works to support our nursing staff each day. They realize that nurses are what make a hospital great.

I’m also thankful that I was a bedside nurse. This experience has equipped me to understand and represent our nurses in my day-to-day responsibilities. That’s why I’m a firm believer in thanking and rewarding our nursing staff by providing opportunity for meaningful career development and leadership advancement.

Top 10 lists are certainly in vogue these days, and I want to share with you my top 10 reasons I’m thankful for our nurses:

  1. For the sacrifices they make each day for others.
  2. For working nights, weekends, and holidays, and not choosing a traditional 8-to-5 job.
  3. For being patient advocates and speaking up on behalf of our patients.
  4. For being willing to continue to learn about the latest advances and grow in their position.
  5. For sharing a vision for excellence in care and being dedicated to the vision.
  6. For their high level of professionalism.
  7. For their dedication to each patient and family experience.
  8. For choosing Methodist Dallas over other hospitals as the place to grow their careers.
  9. For making Methodist a Best Place to Work by the Dallas Business Journal for the ninth year.
  10. For caring about each other.

I often hear our caregivers say, “I’m just a nurse.” But in truth, what they think is ordinary is actually extraordinary! From reviving someone who’s collapsed to comforting a family member to holding a tiny baby fighting for life, they’re so much more than “just a nurse.”

It’s an honor to serve in my nursing leadership role, and a privilege to be the voice for our front-line nurses every day. Please know my thankfulness and gratitude extends beyond just one day a year. I’m thankful for your presence, your skills, and your compassion, every single day.

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